Obasanjo, Atiku, Others Condemn Murder Of Fasoranti’s Daughter

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have condemned the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, a daughter of Afenifere National Leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the former president described the incident as unfortunate and worrisome, adding that Nigeria is diminished.

“I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death,” he said.

He, however, called on security agencies to bring those responsible for the heinous crime to justice.

“We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime and make them face the full weight of the law.

“We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by the suspected Fulani herdsmen”.

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In the same vein, the former Vice President took to Twitter to condemn the incident, saying it is one death to many.

He also called on security agencies to commence investigations into the case while commiserating with the family of the deceased.

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the Chairman of Afenifere. This is one death too many.

“I call on the security services to initiate speedy and thorough investigations to bring her killers to book and stem the epidemic of insecurity in our land. My prayers and deep compassion go to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, his family and the entire membership of Afenifere” he said.

Democracy Day: Obasanjo Owes Nigerians An Explanation For His Absence – Garba Shehu

Photo combination of Garba Shehu and Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu says Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo needs to explain to Nigerians why he was absent at 2019 Presidential inauguration and Democracy Day.

Shehu in a statement on Wednesday said Obasanjo’s claim that he was not invited to the inauguration cannot be sustained because he was duly invited.

He added that the letter inviting Obasanjo to the event was written by the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha on May 19.

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“The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, owes an answer to Nigerians on his absence from the 2019 Presidential inauguration and Democracy Day celebration because the claim that he was not invited or he did not receive an invitation cannot be sustained.

“Since the claim was first made, elements in the polity that have deliberately and consistently been trying to lead the country toward polarization have cashed in on it, throwing all manner of rubbish at the Buhari Presidency.

“The fact remains that the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha wrote on May 16th, 2019 to: “His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road, Ibara, P.O.Box 2286, Abeokuta, Ogun State.”

“The invitation was sent to Chief Obasanjo’s known forwarding address, detailing out all the major events, and the invitation cards were delivered by a reputable courier company as confirmed.

“The receipt of the letter and invitation cards as delivered by the courier company was confirmed by Mr. Taiwo Ojo, the long-standing Personal Secretary to the former President.

“If in the circumstance, Chief Obasanjo did not see or receive the letter and invitation cards as published by Vanguard newspaper (Page 16, June 16, 2019) and several other news platforms, then the former President needs to find out what is happening with his own secretariat.

“The government office did its job diligently and should not be blemished for no reason.”

Obasanjo, Kufuor Ask AU, ECOWAS To Intervene In Benin Crisis

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his Ghanaian counterpart, John Kufuor have asked the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene in the crisis rocking the Benin Republic.

Both leaders made their position known in a joint statement released on Thursday by Obasanjo’s spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

According to them, there was a need for the intervention in order to avoid escalation of the festering political crisis.

“The crisis in Benin calls for urgent action by ECOWAS and African Union (AU) to avert the escalation of the festering political unrest.”

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The former leaders believe that the country’s ongoing political crisis if not properly handled could worsen the security and humanitarian situation.

“We are of the view that all stakeholders should be carried along in the electoral process. In addition, the ongoing political crisis appears to be worsening the security and humanitarian situation which might open a floodgate to terrorist incursion that will lead to further destabilisation of the West-African sub-region, the statement read in part.”

They also want African leaders to rise to their responsibility by urgently intervening with a view to putting pressure on the incumbent administration to play the games of democracy by the rules.

The former leaders urged the AU and ECOWAS to send a strong delegation to appeal to President Talon to release his immediate predecessor who needs medical attention abroad.

Jonathan, Obasanjo Absent At Buhari’s Inauguration

 

Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo were absent at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term on Wednesday.

Also absent at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where the ceremony held was former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

While the three former heads of government were absent at what the government had said would be a low-key inauguration ceremony, former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) was among other prominent Nigerians, diplomats, top government officials, and politicians at the ceremony.

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Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office to the President at 10:42 am, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took his oath of office.

Based on the Constitution, the President swore that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he would discharge his duties to the best of his ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also swore that he would preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that he would not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct or official decisions.

Wednesdays ceremony was also witnessed by members of the first families including the wives of the President Buhari and Osinbajo, Aisha and Dolapo, respectively.

Boko Haram Has Gone Beyond FG’s Capacity, Says Obasanjo

Obasanjo Calls For Stronger Opposition In Nigeria
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, stating that the Federal Government alone cannot tackle the menace.

Speaking at the second session of the seventh Synod of the Anglican Communion, Oleh Diocese, in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, Obasanjo called for greater collaborating among several African governments in tackling terrorism.

“Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payment of ransoms.

“Today, the security issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government or even West African governments,” he stated.

According to him, insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling.

He regretted that Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.

“They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone.  They are now combined and internationalised with ISIS in control.

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“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youth in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanisation, African islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change,” Obasanjo said.

While noting that intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials, he condemned a situation whereby payments for ransoms which strengthened the insurgents were made “yet governments denied payment of ransoms.”

He however wants the Federal Government to see to the right welfare packages for troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.

He lamented that “soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results.”

Obasanjo Calls On Nigerians To Serve, Protect Human Dignity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo addresses participants at the 14th National convention of the Lions Club in Abeokuta on May 9, 2019.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Nigerians to serve and protect human dignity for the development of the nation.

While addressing participants at the 14th National convention of the Lions Club in Abeokuta on Thursday, Obasanjo challenged leaders at all levels to step up in their efforts at ensuring better quality service delivery.

“As citizens of this nation, we are called to serve. We are called to protect and assist people, advocate for human rights and ensure that the dignity of every man and woman is protected,” he said.

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While stressing that the nation faces developmental challenges, the former president, therefore, charged the Federal Government and the masses to be alive to their responsibilities of advancing the country’s growth and development.

“For decades, the answer to solving these challenges would have been the government. While the leadership at all level carries a huge part of providing a solution through better and quality service, this answer must change.

“We all have responsibilities when it comes to rendering service to those who need service. We should all be part of the solution to the challenge facing us,” he stated.

Buhari, Obasanjo Meet In Senegal For First Time Since Elections

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo met on Tuesday for the first time after the 2019 general elections.

Both leaders met in Dakar at the inauguration ceremony of the Senegalese President, Macky Sall.

Despite President Buhari’s victory at the poll, former President Obasanjo has restated his support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Atiku Abubakar.

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The elder statesman, who said his support for Atiku had nothing to do with any personal grudge against the President, explained that his decision was in the best interest of the country.

Meanwhile, the inauguration of the Senegalese President enjoyed the presence of leaders from different parts of the continent, including prominent Nigerians.

They include some state governors and members of President Buhari’s cabinet, as well as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina.

Also present are American-Senegalese musician Akon and African business moguls such as Mr Kola Adesina and Mr Tony Elumelu, among others.

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Obasanjo Calls For Stronger Opposition In Nigeria

Obasanjo Calls For Stronger Opposition In Nigeria
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a strong voice and action from the opposition parties, in order to save the nation’s democracy.

He made the call on Monday when he received members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the south-west at his presidential library residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to him, Nigeria needs a vibrant voice and opposition with a view to building a virile democracy.

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The elder statesman, however, enlisted the support of men and women of goodwill across party lines in making the country greater.

He said he was willing to support genuine efforts from those who were passionate about the interest of the country.

A Better Nigeria

Obasanjo asked the leadership of the PDP to purge itself of “bad eggs and hypocrites” who he said lacked commitment to returning the opposition party to its lost glory.

He decried that many leaders of the PDP were after “their pockets and stomach” and wondered why some top echelon left the party while others had lost hope shortly after the result of the 2019 presidential election was announced.

“I knew PDP would lose the election in 2015 because it was clear, and I knew PDP will need to be rebuilt after losing the election,” the former president told his guests.

“You need what I call a critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that, you can make Nigeria better.”

He added, “You see peoples’ faces beautiful but you don’t know what each person harbours inside of him. If you discover a bad egg, remove such a person and if such person has learnt his or her lessons, there can still be room to accommodate the person.

“Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria.”

Among those at the meeting include Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and former Minister for State for Defence, Olusola Obada.

Others are former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Professor Olusola Eleka, as well as some elected members of the National Assembly, Kola Balogun, Ayo Akinyelure, Ajibola Muraina.

Adeleke’s Victory: Tribunal Nullified ‘What Was Clearly An Illegality’ – Obasanjo

Adeleke's Victory: Tribunal Nullified 'What Was Clearly An Illegality' – Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the judgement of the Osun Election Petition Tribunal which nullified the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the former president commended the tribunal for the courage to nullify what he said was “clearly an illegality”.

The Tribunal had held in its ruling on Friday that Governor Oyetola’s election was null and void and returned Senator Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of Osun State.

It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola and present a fresh one to Senator Adeleke.

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In his reaction, former President Obasanjo commended the three-man panel of judges which gave the ruling; although he noted that it was a first step in the legal process.

He was delighted that the ruling has given renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time he said there were coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine it.

The elder statesman stressed that the international community was keenly watching the events in the country, adding that how the electoral process being handled would have implications for Africa and indeed the world.

“By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the Tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy,” he said.

Former President Obasanjo also commended Senator Adeleke for his statesmanship in going to court to seek justice.

According to him, seeking redress through the legal process is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society and it must be encouraged by all.

Read the full statement below:

STATEMENT BY H.E OLUSEGUN OBASANJO ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

DUBAI – 23 March 2019

While I was in Dubai to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum meeting, I received the news of the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal declaring Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the winner of the 2018 Governorship election in the state.

Let me take this opportunity to commend the tribunal for its courage in nullifying what was clearly an illegality.

This action by the judicial officers, albeit a first step in the legal process, gives renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time when there are coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine, if not destroy, it.

As I have repeatedly said, the world is watching events in Nigeria with keen interest. What we do or do not do right in our electoral process will have implications not just for Nigeria but for Africa and indeed the world.

By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy.

Let me also commend Sen. Adeleke for his statesmanship in going to court to seek justice.

This is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society. Going to court must be encouraged and not discouraged as some people are now attempting to do.

While I have refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections because one of the parties has gone to court, may I point out that those who call themselves our development partners and friends and preach sacrificing justice on the altar of so-called stability are enemies of justice, democracy and Nigeria.

We will continue to sustain Nigeria in stability and unity on the altar of justice, equity, fairness, freedom, human rights and democracy.

Stability cannot be successfully built on injustice, corruption, inequity, and divided nation, and incompetence, nepotism and one-sidedness.

Nigeria will march forward with or without those who will want to feed us with diet of values and actions that are not acceptable in their own countries. Nigeria is of age.

And if Buhari could go to court three times to seek justice, even without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who feels denied of justice must feel free to go to court.

Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress there will be violence, are evil minds looking for excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians. At no time in history has sustainable peace been built on theft, injustice, corruption and inequity.

These merchants of chaos and violence should have no place in any decent society. And they must know that no intimidation or prophesy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody. Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians.

We will respect as friends those who believe that what is good for their country should be good for Nigeria. Yes, we are Africans but we have values that are consistent with international standards.

Court is part of our democratic process and it must be used when necessary if only to achieve justice, stability, unity and progress for our country.

OLUSEGUN OBASANJO

‘We Are In Danger’, Obasanjo Calls For More Unity In Nigeria

Obasanjo Raises Concern Over Alleged Thumb-Printed Ballot Papers
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for more unity in Nigeria as he raised an alarm that the nation is in danger.

According to him, the situation in the country now is worse than what was experienced during the civil war.

He stated this on Thursday during a one-day 2019 annual retreat/conference organised by the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) which held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are today. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership seriously.

“Partnership within our people and partnership within Africa and the rest of the world,” he said.

Obasanjo also called on leaders to take the issue of governance seriously especially considering the nation’s increasing population.

He believes that if governance is effective, illiteracy will be eradicated among citizens which will in turn, lead to human development.

Among other things, the former President called on leaders to provide education for citizens, housing, healthcare and more importantly employment for the people.

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“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right,” he said.

“The second is population. Our population at independence, we were estimated to be 45 million, but today we are 200 million. By the year 2050, we will be over 400 million.

“Normally, the population should be an asset but looking at the condition we are in now when in the North-East of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53%. You can see that, we have a problem and education is basic in all human development.

“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who will make our education over 400 million in years’ time are already born, and you cannot unborn them. so the problem is here, what do we do?” he asked.

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In his remarks, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Adewale Oshinowo, noted that the state is maximizing its resources to impact the lives of residents while blocking any leakages.

He said, “Our motivation, as an administration, towards making lives abundant for our good people is to ensure optimal utilisation of the available resources and block all leakages and wastage of our resources”.

Atiku, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed Doors After Presidential Election

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just-concluded presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Although details of the meeting, which took place on Thursday, were not disclosed, it was gathered that it might not be unconnected with the resolve by the PDP flag bearer to drag President Muhamadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to court over the outcome of the presidential election.

It was learnt that the former VP had a private discussion with Obasanjo which lasted for over an hour.

Atiku was said to have also had lunch with his host, after which he departed the residence to observe the Muslim prayers at the mosque.

The media aide to the former president, Kehinde Akinyemi, confirmed Atiku’s visit to his principal.

He described the visit as private, adding that no one had knowledge about the discussion between the two leaders.

‘Don’t Steal, Settle Your Rift Amicably,’ Obasanjo Tells Makinde

Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, looks as former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during a visit at the residence of the elder statesman in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on March 14, 2019.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the governor-elect of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, to shun all acts of corruption.

He said this when he received Makinde and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The elder statesman also advised the governor-elect to mend fences with others following the governorship election in his state.

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He said, “Don’t fight, don’t steal, settle your rift amicably. The governor and his deputy cannot do it alone and you must know this because they did not win the election alone.

“Let your government be that of unity and about true development.”

Obasanjo noted that leadership was all about ensuring that the people have access to good and quality governance that would have an impact on their well-being.

He stressed the need for true leaders to shun corruption and reminded Makinde that the expectation of the people was high.

The former president also called for cooperation among the PDP members in Oyo, with a view to taking the state to an enviable height.

“You have a lot of work to do; don’t make it business as usual as it has always been,” he challenged the governor-elect.

“The people of the state want something different, you must give them and it doesn’t take a lot to give.”

In his response, Makinde said he was in Abeokuta to tap from the wisdom and wealth of experience of the elder statesman, in his task of bringing good governance to the people of Oyo.

He thanked the former president for receiving him and his team, as well as gave the assurance that every word of advice he had gotten would be put to use.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, a former deputy chairman of the PDP (South West), Mr Olabode George, expressed confidence that Makinde would not deviate from the party’s ideology.

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